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Poster: kennyv63 Date: Oct 25, 2006 7:16pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Quintissential Deadness

Just wondering, what single tune do you think best represents the Dead?

For me, Jack Straw. Love the mix of Bob and Jerry vocals, the jam can be liquid or light. Afternoon or evening its quite regularly a thrill.

Others that are close:
Terrapin
Help>Slip>Frank
Scarlet B's>Fire
Shakedown............

Cast yer vote!

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Poster: tigerbolt Date: Oct 25, 2006 8:32pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

truckin sums the band life up and sweet,sweet,stella.

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Poster: mudcatbluez Date: Oct 25, 2006 9:25pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Love Jack Straw but for Quintessential Dead I've got to cast a vote for Scarlet>Fire...or maybe Help>Slipknot>Franklin's...or perhaps a near-transcendental Sugaree...or maybe still a tasty vintage Dark Star...
...ah, F it, they all rock!

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Oct 25, 2006 11:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

kennyv63: ...great question to ponder. (Must admit I never thought of "Playin' in the Band" as a "Weir" tune -- written by Hunter; Weir messed with a couple of the lyrics; but the tapestry was painted by the entire band during all their incarnations over the years...but it is something to consider I guess)
If I had to chose one song it is "Dark Star" -- in particular, Winterland, 1973-11-11 (Veteran's Day). I listen to that song at least once a day, preferably with headphones, and it takes me to that place that is the altar of the Grateful Dead. Quintessential Grateful Dead. ("Money Money" is the runner-up)......... kennyv63: Thanks again for the thought-provoking post --- AshesRising

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Oct 26, 2006 3:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Hey brother, i agree with ya on the Dark Star - btw, can you send me that version from 11-11-73 via yousendit.com

What kind of headphones do you have? I've been rockin the Sennheiser HD 280 pro, they rock, I roll - away and away...

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Oct 26, 2006 4:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

stilldead77: ..how bad is this: they are a cheap set that were distributed for a webinar by the payroll company I utilize...still sounds much better than listening through my laptop's speakers (especially nice to hear all the stuff Weir was doing..)
Naturally, as always, anything I have in terms of music or Hunter materials is yours or anybody else here in the Forum, however the entire show (1973-11-11) is on nugs.net. Do you think it would be better for you to grab it off that site rather than me put it up on a site? Just let me know
..that's a wild picture -- AshesRising

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Oct 26, 2006 6:32am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Hard to say, but I'll go with Dark Star, The Other One, Playin, Eyes, Morning Dew, Help>slip>Frank, Scarlet>Fire>(Estimated>Eyes), China>Rider, and Truckin'. Somehow I just never get tired of Truckin'.

PN-- Hey ashes, did you get my reply to your email last week? Been wondering if you did.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Oct 26, 2006 10:00am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

blacklakelight: are you referring to DP#3? - yes, I got it and you should be getting something via USPS today. If you are referring to something else, help me out..pain meds aren't treating my mind too well. -- AshesRising

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Oct 26, 2006 3:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Yep, got 'em in the mail this afternoon. I emailed you back just now, but thought you might check the boards first. Hope you enjoy that Dark Star and the rest of 12-6-73. And when you "catch up" on all your music, let me know if I can send you something to return the favor. Thanks again for the discs.

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Poster: AshesRising Date: Nov 2, 2006 2:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

stilldead77: did we ever close the loop on this one? Winterland, 1973-11-11 (Veteran's Day). As you know, I am not proficient in recording so I've got that 2-second gap during the transitions between songs. -- did you get it from "nugs" or somebody on the Forum? - Ashes

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Poster: bookends Date: Oct 26, 2006 11:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

The other one.

Escapin' through the lily fields
I came across an empty space
It trembled and exploded
Left a bus stop in its place
The bus came by and I got on
That's when it all began
There was cowboy Neal
At the wheel
Of a bus to never-ever land

susinct lyrics nail it. (nature/space/escape/americana) And musically, each band member has a chance to shine...and the transitions into>and>out of other songs, shows the band's mindset.

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Poster: not_a_typical_daydream Date: Oct 25, 2006 10:04pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

I have thought about this and I do believe there are too many tunes to choose from. The dude with the huge list nailed it. But, for myself, I am partial to jams that are 25 minutes long.
Morning Dew
Terrapin
China/Rider
Dark Star
Help>Slip>Franklin's
Get a good groove on and take it into the stratosphere.

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Poster: Fishead Date: Oct 26, 2006 9:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

ripple ....

ripple....

ripple.....

st stephen....

st stephen.....

st stephen.......

why...they are spiritual uplifting...

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Poster: north bound train Date: Oct 26, 2006 2:44pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Ripple
US Blues
Ramble on Rose

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Poster: Purple Gel Date: Oct 26, 2006 5:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

For me a good Truckin>Other One > Dew sums up the boys quite nicely, thank you very much

To me this jam has it all A pretty straight forward Dead rock tune, followed by a quintessential Psychedelic jam and to round it off, a perfect slow song that showcases Jerry's emotional singing and beautiful solos!!

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Poster: SactownTom Date: Oct 26, 2006 10:15am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Truckin'>Other>Dew! It was what I was always hoping for post-D/S. Frost 82, Lyceum 72...

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Poster: ReddyKillowatt Date: Oct 25, 2006 9:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

i agree with the truckin'>other one>dew, but i'd have to say dark star

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Oct 26, 2006 6:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Many great responses- I certainly could not disagree with Scarlet-Fire (my favorite combo) CHina-Rider, HSF, The Other one etc- but I am thinking the span of their career- I was going to pick The other One- but it became a relic in the later years- a way to blow 7-8 minutes on the way to the shower- Playin, though, kept a sense of vitality- just listen to 5/27/93 (28th?)- as an example- the quintessential must be the song(s) that maintained- the song(s) that never became a charicature of itself over time- it would have to be a song that doesn't sound like anything else played out there-

Of course every dead song sounded "different"- I am aiming at the certain something that is the soul, the archetype, of the band- I want to eliminate cover tunes- in my mind I will, but it is hard to justify considering how many were played for so many years-

But to me quintessential has to be something the boys wrote musically- I call PITB a "bobby" song only because he sings the lead- this is how it is usually distinguished, no?

I like the idea of a first set and a second set song. This whole thread is very close to the one I started recently about the ideal two set show- if you were to go to a heaven with restrictions and you could have every version of every show but only the songs you picked-

Now Shakedown Street- we have not mentioned that one yet- could be an interesting choice to express their uniqueness-Blues for Allah and the Album Terrapin Station brought to light an almost whole new band- what to do with this? My parameters of long lived songs gets shattered- is it fair to exclude songs never played before 75-76?

So as a finale of sorts- maybe quintessential first and quintessential 2nd set songs- and split it by pre Brent and post Brent inaugeral playing of the songs- if not that-then categories of quintessential

1. Cover tunes of contemporaries
2. Folk song and/or "Traditonal"
3. Ballad
4. Rocker
5. Jammer
6. Funkiest
7. Most Unique

Hell, I love Here Comes Sunshine which had a shelf life of what, two years? Someone please tell me a good one when it came back in 92.

Enough rambling. My choice for first set song has to be Birdsong- with Bertha/1/2 Step/Stranger/Cassidy close seconds

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Poster: Simard Date: Oct 25, 2006 7:38pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Cumberland Blues - same reasons you like Jack Straw.

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Poster: high flow Date: Oct 25, 2006 7:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

EYES
MUSIC
STELLA

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Poster: Uncle_John Date: Oct 25, 2006 9:22pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

For me it's gotta be China>Rider. Trippy Garcia/Hunter mid-60's wierdness perfectly and organically wedded to a rocked-out folk song. Quintessential Dead for sure.

30 years ago I practically wore through the vinyl on that part of Europe '72. I think it was Bobby's cool power chord riff in the middle of the transition that really hooked me. Been on the bus ever since.

- John

P.S. McGlone - I might trim your list by about half, but you're absolutely right. Too many great and wonderful and amazing songs to choose from.

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Poster: ganges Date: Oct 25, 2006 10:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

China-Rider for me, Rider was the first tune I fell in love with in the late 60's, on the album Vintage Dead (never made it to a CD)and still different from later incarnations of this song, but the feeling...

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Oct 26, 2006 6:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Before I read your post, I was on my way to work this AM listening to Nassau 11/01/79, the Scarlet>Fire in particular (the near 45 minute length is just about the exact time of my commute). For me, quintessential Dead is best seen in a monster Scarlet>Fire, which has parts that rock out and parts that can send your brain on a colorful expedition into Neverland. But, all in all, I must agree with mcglone; can't think of too many tunes that DON'T express "Deadness". In my eyes, they wouldn't have played a song unless it had this quality in some way, and if it didn't originally, they put it into the song.

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Poster: mcglone Date: Oct 25, 2006 8:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

it's a toss up...

(Beer Barrel Polka Tuning)
26 Miles
A Mind To Give Up Livin'
A Shenandoah Lullaby
Ain't Superstitious
Alabama Bound
Alabama Getaway
Alice D. Millionaire
All Along The Watchtower
All I Have To Do Is Dream
All Of My Love
Alligator
Althea
And We Bid You Goodnight
Any Wonder
Are You Lonely For Me
Arkansas Traveler
Around & Around
Asia Minor
Attics of My Life
Baba O'Riley
Baby What You Want Me To Do
Bad Moon Rising
Ballad Of A Thin Man
Banana Boat Song
Banks Of Ohio
Barbed Wire Whipping Party
Barbry Allen
Beat it on Down the Line
Been All Around This World
Believe It Or Not
Bertha
Betty And Dupree
Big Boss Man
Big Boy Pete
Big Breasa
Big Railroad Blues
Big River
Bird Song
Black Muddy River
Black Peter
Black Queen
Black Throated Wind
Blackbird
Blow Away
Blue Moon
Blues For Allah
Bobby McGee
Bombs Away
Book of Rules
Born Cross-Eyed
Born On The Bayou
Bound In Memories
Box of Rain
Bring It On Down The Line
Brokedown Palace
Broken Arrow
Brown Eyed Handsome Man
Brown Eyed Women
Built To Last
Bye and Bye
Bye Bye Love
C.C. Rider
California Earthquake
Can't Come Down
Candyman
Cardboard Cowboy
Casey Jones
Casey Jones (Shady Grove)
Cassidy
Catfish John
Cathy's Clown
Cats Under the Stars
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
Cecilia
Chanting by The Gyoto Monks
Childhood's End
Children Of The Eighties
Chimes Of Freedom
China Cat Sunflower
China Doll
Chinatown Shuffle
Chinese Bones
Chinese Parade
Clementine
Close Encounters
Cocaine Blues
Cold Jordan
Cold Rain and Snow
Come Back Baby(Tastebud)
Comes A Time
Cona't Pay The Price
Corrina
Cosmic Charlie
Cosmic Charlie tease
Cowboy Movie
Cowboy Song
Crazy Fingers
Cream Puff War
Cryptical Envelopment
Cumberland Blues
Dancin' In The Streets
Dark Hollow
Dark Star
Dark Star
Darlin Corey
Day Job
Day Tripper
Days Between
Dead Man Dead Man
Deal
Dear Mr. Fantasy
Dear Prudence
Death Don't Have No Mercy
Death Letter Blues
Deep Elem Blues
Desolation Row
Devil With A Blue Dress
Dire Wolf
Doin' That Rag
Don't Ease Me in
Don't Need Love
Don't Think Twice It's Alright
Down In The Bottom
Down So Long
Drink Up And Go Home
Drop Down Mama
Drums
Dupree's Diamond Blues
Early Morning Rain
Easy Answers
Easy To Love You
Easy Wind
Eight Miles High
El Paso
Empty Pages
Estimated Prophet
Eternity
Every Time You Go
Eyes Of The World
Fair Chance To Know
Fair Ellender
Far From Me
Feedback
Feel Like a Stranger
Fennario
Festival
Fever
Finders Keepers, Losers Weepers
Fire On The Mountain
Foolish Heart
Forever Young
France
Frankie Lee And Judas Priest
Franklin's Tower
Freight Train
Frere Jacques
Friend of the Devil
From The Heart Of Me
Frozen Logger
Funiculi Funicula
Games People Play
Garden Of Eden
Gentlemen Start Your Engines
Get Back
Gimme Some Lovin'
Gloria
Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad
Golden Road To Unlimited Devotion
Gomorrah
Good Bye Yer Honor
Good Golly Miss Molly
Good Lovin'
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl
Good Time Blues
Goodnight Irene
Gotta Serve Somebody
Greatest Story Ever Told
Green Green Grass Of Home
Green Onions
Green River
Handsome Cabin Boy
Happy Birthday
Happy Birthday Mickey
Hard to Handle
He ain't give you none
He Was A Friend of Mine
He's Gone
Heart Of Mine
Heaven Help The Fool
Hell In A Bucket
Help Me Rhonda
Help On The Way
Henry
Here Comes Sunshine
Hey Bo Diddley
Hey Jude
Hey Little One
Hey Pocky Way
Hi-Heeled Sneakers
Hideaway
High Time
Highway 61
Hog For You Baby
Home to Dixie
Hopalong Peter
Hot Corn, Cold Corn
How Long Blues
How Sweet It Is
Hully Gully
I Don't Know You
I Fought The Law
I Hear A Voice Callin
I Just Wanna Make Love To You
I Know Its a Sin
I Know You Rider
I Need A Miracle
I Second That Emotion
I Want To Tell You
I Want You
I Will Take You Home
I'll Be Your Baby Tonight
I'll Go Crazy
I'll Take a Melody
I'm a hog for you
I'm A King Bee
I'm A Man
I've Been All Around This World
I've Just Seen A Face
I've Seen Them All
If I Had The World To Give
If The Shoe Fits
Iko Iko
In The Midnight Hour
It Hurts Me Too
It Must Have Been The Roses
It Takes A Train To Cry
It's A Good Thing
It's A Man's World
It's A Sin
It's All Over Now
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue
It's All Too Much
It's no use
Jack Straw
Jack-A-Roe
Jenny Jenkins
Joey
John Brown
Johnny B. Goode
Jump for Joy
Just A Little Light
Kansas City
Katie Mae
KC Moan
Keep On Growing
Keep your Day Job
King Bee
King Solomons Marbles
Knockin' On Heaven's Door
La Bamba
Lady Di
Lady with a Fan
Last Lonely Eagle
Laughing
Lazy Lightnin'
Lazy River Road
Let It Be Me
Let It Grow
Let It Rock
Let Me In
Let Me Sing Your Blues Away
Let The Good Times Roll
Liberty
Like a Road
Linda Lou
Lindy
Little Red Rooster
Little Sadie
Lodi
Long Black Limousine
Long Way To Go Home
Look Over Yonder's Wall
Looks Like Rain
Loose Lucy
Loser
Lost Sailor
Louie Louie
Louis Collins
Love in the Afternoon
Love The One You're With
Lucifer's Eyes
Lucky Man
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Lunatic Preserve
Mack The Knife
Maggie's Farm
Mama Tried
Man Of Peace
Man Smart (Woman Smarter)
Mardi Gras Parade
Mason's Children
Matilda Matilda
Maybe You Know How I Feel
Me & My Uncle
Me And Bobby McGee
Me And My Uncle
Memphis Blues
Mexicali Blues
Mexican Hat Dance Tuning
Midnight Hour
Might As Well
Milkin the Turkey
Mindbender
Minglewood Blues
Mission In The Rain
Mississippi Half-Step
Mojo
Mona
Money Money
Monkey And The Engineer
Morning Dew
Motherless Children
Mountains of the Moon
Mr. Charlie
Mr. Tambourine Man
Muddy Water
Music Never Stopped
My Babe
My Baby Left Me
My Brother Esau
My Own Fault
Mystery Train
Neighborhood Girls
Never Trust A Woman
New Minglewood Blues
New Orleans
New Potato Caboose
New Speedway Boogie
Next Time You See Me
No Encore
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Not Fade Away
Oh Babe It Ain't No Lie
Oh Boy
Oh the wind and the rain
Okie From Muskogee
Ollin Arrageed
On The Road Again
One Kind Favor
One More Saturday Night
Only A Fool
Operator
Overseas Stomp
Pain In My Heart
Palm Sunday
Parchman Farm
Passenger
Peggy Sue
Peggy-O
Philo Stomp
Picasso Moon
Pig in a Pen
Playin' in the Band
Postively 4th St
Pride of Cucamonga
Prisoner Blues
Promised Land
Proud Mary
Queen Jane Approximately
Quinn the Eskimo
Radio Spot
Railroading Across The Great Divide
Rain
Rainy Day Women
Ramble On Rose
Revolution
Revolutionary Hamstrung Blues
Rhapsody in Red
Rhythm Devils
Riot In Ceil Block #9
Ripple
Roadrunner
Roberta
Rockin' Pneumonia
Rollin' and Tumblin'
Rosalie McFall
Rosemary
Row Jimmy
Rubin And Cherise
Run for the Roses
Run Rudolph Run
Sage And Spirit
Saint Of Circumstance
Saint Stephen
Salt Lake City
Samba In The Rain
Samson and Delilah
Sand Castles and Glass Camels
Satisfaction
Saw Mill
Scarlet Begonias
Searchin'
Seasons
Seastones
Second That Emotion
Serengetti
Shady Grove
Shakedown Street
She Belongs To Me
She's Mine
Shelter From The Storm
Ship Of Fools
Sick And Tired
Sidewalks Of New York
Silver Threads And Golden Needles
Simple Twist Of Fate
Sing Me Back Home
Sitting On Top Of The World
Six Days On The Road
Slewfoot
Slipknot
Slow Train
Smokestack Lightnin'
So Many Roads
Space
Spoonful
Stagger Lee
Stander On The Mountain
Standing On The Corner
Standing On The Moon
Stars and Stripes Forever Tuning
Stealin
Stella Blue
Step Back
Stir It Up
Stop that Train
Stronger Than Dirt
Stuck Inside Of Mobile
Sugar Magnolia
Sugar Shack
Sugaree
Sunday Quartet
Sunrise
Supplication
Swing Low Sweet Chariot
Take It Off
Take Me To The River
Tangled Up In Blue
Tastebud
Tell Mama
Tennessee Jed
Terrapin Station
That Would Be Something
That'll Be The Day
That's Alright Mama
The Alhambra
The Ballad Of Casey Jones
The Boxer
The Days Between
The Eleven
The Faster We Go The Rounder We Get
The Flood
The Frozen Logger
The Harder They Come
The Last Time
The Main Ten
The Master'S Bouquet
The Merry Go Round Broke Down
The Miller's Will
The Music Never Stopped
The Night they Drove old Dixie Down
The Only Time Is Now
The Other One
The Promised Land
The Race Is On
The Raven Space
The Rub
The Same Thing
The Seven
The Stranger
The Weight
The Wheel
There ain't no bugs on me
There's Something On Your Mind
They Love Each Other
This Time Forever
Throwin' Stones
Throwing Stones
Tiger By The Tail
Till The Morning Comes
Times They Are A-Changin'
To Lay Me Down
Tom Dooley
Tom Thumb's Blues
Tomorrow Is A Long Time
Tomorrow Is Forever
Tomorrow Never Knows
Tons Of Steel
Tore Up Over You
Touch Of Grey
Triad
Truckin'
Turn On Your Love Light
Twist & Shout
Two Souls In Communion
U.S. Blues
Unbroken Chain
Uncle John's Band
Unusual Occurrences in the Desert
Valerie
Valley Road
Victim Or The Crime
Viola Lee Blues
Visions Of Johanna
Wabash Cannonball
Wake Me Shake Me
Wake Up Little Susie
Walk Down The Street
Walk in the Sunshine
Walkin' Blues
Walkin' The Dog
Wall Song
Wang Dang Doodle
Warriors Of The Sun
Watching The River Flow
Wave That Flag
Wave To The Wind
Way To Go Home
We Can Run
Weirdness
Werewolves Of London
West L.A. Fadeaway
Wharf Rat
What's Become of The Baby
What's Going On
Whatcha Gonna Do
Whats Become Of The Baby
When First unto this Country
When I Paint My Masterpiece
When Push Comes To Shove
When the Hunter gets captured by the game
Where Have The Heroes Gone
Whiskey in the Jar
Who Do You Love
Why Don't We Do it in the Road
Wicked Messenger
Wild Northland
Willie And The Hand Jive
Winin' Boy Blues
Wipe Out
WRS Part 1
WRS Prelude
You Ain't Woman Enough
You Don't Have To Ask
You Don't Love Me
You See A Broken Heart
You Win Again
You Won't Find Me
Your Love At Home

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Oct 25, 2006 8:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

you stole my idea ian!

The song to sum it up would have to be one that was there in the beginning and there in the end- perhaps rearranged-perhaps not- but to the band those songs that survived- never retired long- and were always there- that would have to be it

The Other One
Morning Dew
Cold Rain and Snow

Playin in the Band- I think this gets my vote for tops- starting out as a 5-7 minute number- finding its apex in length in 74- losing its reprise for a few years- coming back again- it opened set 1- it closed set 1- It opened set 2 and closed set 2. It was the bread for a number of sandwiches and the impetus for many different seques- right now I think this is the one

and it is a bobby tune - HA

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Poster: patkelley Date: Oct 25, 2006 9:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

I never thought about this- but you're totally right. Playin' is the quintessential. Terrapin is probably the semi-quintessential one, but doesnt have any blues or rootsiness.

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Poster: Yankee9 Date: Oct 25, 2006 8:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

I would have to vote for Uncle Johns Band.

It's not my personal favorite, but I think it all rolls into one with this tune.

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Poster: HiRoller Date: Oct 26, 2006 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

I'm surprised that no one has said this yet, but I think that Brown Eyed Women is probably the quintissential first set Dead song. Depending on the year and the band's mood it can either be laid back, serious, or fast.

I don't really think it would be fair to pick one song though, maybe one set, which would be 5-25-77. Estimated Prophet > He's Gone > Drums > The Other One > Wharf Rat > The Other One > The Wheel > Around and Around. It ranges from almost every type of music that the Dead would perform, and these are usually their best jams.

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Poster: wb54885 Date: Oct 26, 2006 7:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

i can't really believe it...and maybe i just missed the post...but nobody's said "friend of the devil" yet.

impossible though it may be to choose a single song as that which is definitive of the dead, i think this one achieves the criteria of "quintessential."

listen to any version... acoustic, it's old-school. later, it's majestic. the lyrics sing themselves. gives jerry what he loves to solo over, and gives him plenty of chances to make a pretty song sound pretty bad... the whole band just breathes it. it's not as inaccessible or idiosyncratic as terrapin or slip, and i admit that can potentially be counted to its discredit based on the consideration at hand. but it's theirs, truly and fully. the greatest trick the devil ever pulled was making a normal-sounding song sound exactly like the grateful dead.

it's just ultra-super-mega-classic, and you can't argue with that.

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Poster: deadmax Date: Oct 26, 2006 9:39pm
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My peeps used to make fun of FOTD but I've always liked that song too and I'm glad you brought it up. I really like when they build during the jam (instrumental?) and POP it out at the the end. Makes you want to just jump up and ... i don't know what. The snake coil in Tennessee Jed does kinda the same thing.

Good Call on FOTD.



There's really too many but OMG they're good.

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Poster: dscott Date: Oct 26, 2006 4:27pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

To me, few songs capture the essence of the Dead quite like Tons Of Steel, Samba In the Rain, and You Ain't Woman Enough.

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Poster: blacklakelight Date: Oct 26, 2006 6:48pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

Also Maybe You Know, Sunrise, France. . . . dscott, you made me laugh OUT LOUD with that one.

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Poster: NotQuiteintheWayYet Date: Oct 26, 2006 6:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

All sorts of songs come to mind and I have trouble picking any one. Though, there are some I could eliminate, like pretty much any Donna or Brent song (sorry-I think they both added a lot, and their songs showed how far they could reach, but never quintessential). Perhaps much of what I would consider is governed by the time I was going to shows, but in the end, forced to pick, I'd probably say

St. Stephen

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Poster: deadmax Date: Oct 26, 2006 6:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Quintissential Deadness

But seriously...

I love all those songs (who wouldn't?)

I gotta throw in Eyes of the World. Maybe I can't hear right but that song covers a lot of ground and they played it lots of different ways. It could be jammy, jazzy, earthy, slushy, gooey, gold, silver or steel. They played it how that felt like.

For first setters I totally agree with BEW and ROR. Killer songs.

Gotta give it to China-Rider too.